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South Africa hopes to install an honorary consul for the Bahamas to further strengthen ties between the two countries. There is particular interest in the Freeport shipping sector with a view of possible utilisation for South Africa.
Since they established their diplomatic relations after the end of apartheid in 1994, South Africa and the Bahamas have been working towards stronger economic and cultural ties.
Over the last decade, the South African interest in the Bahamas has increased. With the most notable investment of Sol Kerzner's Atlantis, interest in the Bahamas has greatly increased through many collaborations of Kerzner International with the international community.
The new South African High Commissioner to the Caribbean Mathu Joyini arrived in Nassau on Tuesday. She met with various Government Ministers and US Ambassador to the Bahamas Nicole Avant on Wednesday.
High Commissioner Joyini and Counsellor Vhangani Peter Makwarela were hosted by South African resident Werner Gruner, director of the Julius Bär Bank and Trust (Bahamas), and were given a tour of the multi-million property.